Abortion Rights Blog

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Baroness Masham amendment defeated

The first anti-abortion amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill has been heavily defeated in the House of Lords.

Baroness Masham of Ilton moved an amendment on Monday 28th January 2008 to remove the sections of the Abortion Act permitting abortion for severe foetal impairment. After over an hour of debate, the amendment was defeated 22 votes to 89.

The amendment if passed into law would have had a devastating impact for the small proportion of women who need to use this clause and would in no way advance the rights of disabled people.